QP Or Not QP?
By Alex Horsburgh
Updated Thursday, 6th March 2008
Defeat at Ross County was no more than even the most fervent Cowdenbeath fan expected on Tuesday night as the League leaders stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games.
It now looks like the two upcoming games with old foes Queens Park will play a major part in the Blue Brazil's future as they strive to avoid the relegation play-off spot in Division 2.
Cowdenbeath FC have a cup final of sorts to play at Hampden on Saturday as they go to Glasgow on the back of Tuesday's 4-1 reverse at Dingwall. Second bottom visits third bottom of Div 2 on 8th March and then the sides clash again on Tuesday 18th March at Central Park in a twice postponed re-arranged fixture.
These matches should decide who is pulling away from the relegation play-off spot and who is not by the end of the month. Cowden have two games in hand on QP and are only two points behind the grand oldest team in Scottish football but fears will abound amongst Cowdenites who know their history.
It was Queens Park who denied Cowdenbeath promotion in a never to be forgotten final day match at Central Park in season 1980/1and the Fifers didn't go up again for over 10 years. Glasgow's 'other' Hoops came to Fife as 2nd Division Champions that day and only a point was required by the home side to clinch the second promotion spot behind the Amateurs.
An early goal by the visitors was soon equalised but Player-Manager Andy Rolland's missed penalty (his first in ages) which would have made it 2-1 and almost certainly sent Cowden up is now the stuff of legend down Central Fife way. Queens Park clinched a winner with 9 minutes left and Cowden finished the season in third with Queen of the South going up instead thanks to their final day 3-0 home win over Albion Rovers.
27 years on are the Glaswegians going to deny the Blue Brazil higher league status again?
Cowden have two back to back games against bottom club Berwick Rangers sandwiched between their QP encounters but what's the betting on a do or die final day match again on April 26th against ?... you guessed it- Queens Park.
Familiarity and past history is about to breed contempt as Spiders meet Blue Brazilians in their final three encounters this season.
Ahead of Saturday's match at Hampden the good news for the visitors is they have won the only other tussle between the clubs this season so far when a Pat Clarke penalty gave Cowden a 0-1 victory at Hampden on Saturday October 6th.
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